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FOX News
Jun 21, 2013 7:00pm PDT
administration has created a culture of intimidation. first is he right, and secondly is it the obama administration or is it just the government? and this has been going on for some time? >> well, the obama administration seems to have stretched it a bit and the irs is certainly a culture of immigration. but on my web page i published a hundred things i hate about the government that don't even include the nsa scandal because this has been going on for years from the drug war to telling parents what schools their kids must go to to corporate welfare. every year government grows, they have 175,000 criminal laws now, the feds alone, that nobody can keep track of, but you go to jail if you don't obey them. government has gone way beyond overreach. >> all right. we have a situation like we reported the other night how the government agriculture department is supplying meanting income for wineries and at the same time they're cutting money for women, infants, and children. there's sort of the insanity of it. we've got a tax code that no one fills out his or her own tax return because no o
FOX News
Jun 17, 2013 1:00am PDT
major doubt about the integrity and the honesty of the obama administration on benghazi, the irs and subpoena of journalist phone records. >> i want to make clear, the president has zero tolerance for misconduct by government employees. and zero tolerance has been demonstrated through his presidency. >> the real scandal of washington this is quickly becoming the most unproductive congress in the history of the united states. that is scandalous. >> this is a special edition of "on the record." tonight, an international manhunt for the contractor who leaked information. and looking for straight answers from the obama administration. >> we should be afraid what the government is doing in our name behind closed doors. what the government is doing in our name under the guise of keeping us safe. >> people can't trust the executive branch, but also don't trust congress and don't trust federal judges to, make sure we're abiding by the discussion, due process and rule of law, we'll have some problems here. >> this program doesn't target innocent americans in any way, shape, or form many t
FOX News
Jun 18, 2013 1:00am PDT
for watching us tonight. does the obama administration really want to solve all the controversies in washington? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. the answer seems to be no. the obama administration does not want to tell us, we the people what happened in benghazi libya. how the irs got so far out of control, and what exactly the feds are doing snooping around private communications. we are being stonewalled. here is some facts to support my assertion. director of national intelligence james clapper mislead us when he said this on march 12th. >> does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans? >> no, sir. >> it does not? >> not witnessingly. >> i was asked when are you going to stop beating your wife kind of question which is meaning not answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. so, i responded in what i thought was the most truthful or least untruthful manner by saying no. >> the least untruthful manner, mr. clapper? is that what you think your duty is to tell us the least untruth? clapper knew the nsa was collecting al
FOX News
Jun 22, 2013 8:30am PDT
. you can anticipate that the obama administration will not even push back on what this union is demanding for its employees. it is a shame here. the obama administration will kowtow to the friends who are union thugs and the leadership of the unions are thugs and they will not push back. unfortunately because it gives a bad name to the brothers and sisters in the union who want to produce well for the american public and do their job. it is the leadership that is engage in the thuggery that obama will not push back. >> we have no idea how high up the scandal goes. if the irs is able or willing to target conservative groups. we learned that the fbi director muler said they are targeting americans with drones. your thoughts? >> that's very disturbing. i think what muler is telling us hey, america on u.s. soil, we are going to shoot you down just a little bit, because he's talking about the minimal impact of drones on u.s. soil. and now, what this allows us to understand though, that ram paul was right when the senator engaged in the filibuster and what he asked for a couple of
FOX News
Jun 22, 2013 1:30pm PDT
here, the obama administration will cowtow to their friends that are union thugs that is so many leaders are thugs. they won't push back. because this it gives a bad name to the brothers and sisters within the union, just want to produce well and do their jobs. it's their leadership that is unfortunately he will not push back. >> eric: we don't know how high this goes up. if the irs is committed to targeting conservative groups, you have to wonder if that is spread throughout the federal government right now. the reason why i bring that up this week we also learned that f.b.i. director mueller said they are targeting americans with drones. your thoughts. >> that is very disturbing because i think what mueller is telling us, we're not going shoot you down a little bit. he is talking about minimal impact of drones on u.s. soil. now what this allows us to understand that rand paul was right when a senator engaged in the filibuster and what he was asking for a couple months ago. he was asking for unanswered questions about domestic use of drones. the impact on the american public. wh
MSNBC
Jun 19, 2013 2:00am PDT
. the president obama administration authorized sending weapons to the reblgs. >>> a plat to blow up the new york stock exchange is one of dozen planned terror attacks that the government said that it thwarted through its data mining. 2 of the 50 cases, the admission is part of the obama administration to rally support. >> securing the security of our allies. >> officials say an e-mail from yemen informed them of the stock exchange plot. edward snowden denies the programs are essential. the nsa denounced snowden. >> the intentional and irresponsible release of information about these programs will have a long impact on our nation's security and on that of our allies. >> michael hastings a journalists who reporting caused the downfall of one of the top. stanley mcchris tall was the top u.s. commander in afghanistan when he agreed to talk to the rolling stone reporter. it revealed his criticisms of the obama administration. mcchris tall was fired. michael hastings was 33 years old. >>> turning now to western wildfires and a fast-growing one in arizona the massive fire in the press scott national fo
NBC
Jun 19, 2013 4:00am PDT
of the more than 50 cases, the admission is part of the obama administration's dilemma to rally support for the once secret program. >> these programs are immensely valuable for protecting our nation and securing the security of our allies. >> officials say an e-mail of yemen informed them on the stock exchange plot. the self-identified leaker edward snowden denies the plans are essential. he tolds "the guardian" that they were exaggerating the claims. the nsa director denounced snowden. >> the intentional and irresponsible release of classified information about these programs will have a long and irreversible impact on our nation's security and on that of our allies. >> michael hastings, a journalist whose reporting caused the down fall of the top american general was killed tuesday morning in a car crash in los angeles. general stanley mccrystal was the top u.s. commander in afghanistan back in 2010 when he agreed to talk with the "rolling stones" contributor. those talks produced the article "the run away general" and it revealed the criticisms of the obama administration. mccrystal
LINKTV
Jun 14, 2013 7:00pm PDT
than 93,000 people. while the u.s. has decided to arm the syrian opposition, the obama administration will not say what types of weapons it will send, or when they will arrive. >> i will not be able to say here is the specific list of every type of item that will be delivered. we do want to be responsive to the request that have been made. lex leaders argue whether that is the right response right now. >> providing arms to either thiswould not address current situation. only political solutions can address these issues sustainably. >> officials, including the secretary of state, have talked have talked with many of washington's allies to define a strategy. among those getting the pulse from washington, the russians, who have sold weapons to the us on -- assad government. >> the peace conference is in question. because of the decision to supply weapons to the rebels, i see the whole basis being destroyed. >> how the u.s. will prevent weapons to fall into groups of extremists. republicans have called on obama to give the rebels weapons, but they say needs to be done. they need to announ
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
in the near future to distance herself from the policies of the obama administration, certainly on syria and other areas as well. i think we're going to see this pattern back and forth. it's going to be fun to watch the next 3 1/2 years as president clinton critiques the president. >> what would those be to say the president refused to send small arms even though hillary clinton and dick petraeus wanted that. not to be drawn into an internal fight in syria. >> look, in strategic terms as much of a humanitarian tragedy as syria is, in strategic terms it's a side show. the issue here is and has been from the get-go the regime in iran. the world's central banker of international terrorism eagerly pursuing a nuclear weapons program which, by the way, it will continue to do despite yesterday's presidential election. that has been the power to worry about in the middle east, and i think the obama administration was reluctant to take on the assad regime in syria because it knew if it crossed iran over the syria issue, it would never get negotiation over iran's nuclear weapons program and that w
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 10:00am EDT
the rebels does the obama administration plan to send those small arms. some wonder today why did it take so long. as peter said, tomorrow the president looks with a major assad supporter, president putin in ireland. what can be accomplished at that meeting if anything? former u.s. ambassador, senior fellow and fox news contributor john bolton joins us every morning. >> good morning. >> good to see you as always. first, let's start with the new obama policy. is it in the nick of time or too little too late? >> i think it's actually evidence of the continuing disarray of the obama policy. i think any serious military observer will tell you that this contribution that obama's now prepared to make will not make any significant military difference and, in fact, it looks as though obama was backed into it because of his own rhetoric about the assad regime using chemical weapons crossing a red line. i don't think we've had a policy in syria for 2 1/2 years other than pray that the russians will actually do something to remove assad. that was never any part of their strategic vision of the middle e
FOX News
Jun 14, 2013 10:00pm PDT
of the obama administration on benghazi, the irs and on the subpoena of journalist phone records. 58% in each instance. >> the president has zero tolerance for misconduct by any government employee and that has been demonstrated amply throughout his presidency. >> the real scandal of washington is that it is quickly becoming the most unproductive congress in the history of the united states. that is scandalous. >> this is a special edition of "on the record." and tonight, an international manhunt underway for the contractor who leaked classified information about secret nsa surveillance programs. back in washington, another hunt. this one for straight answers from the obama administration. >> i think he's afraid of what the government is doing in our name, behind closed doors, what the government is doing in our name, under the guise of keeping us safe. >> people can't trust, not only the executive branch, but also don't trust congress and don't trust federal judges to make sure we are abiding by the constitution, due process and rule of law, then we are going to have some problems here. >> t
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 7:00pm PDT
and honesty of the obama administration of the irs and subpoena of records. 18 percent. >> they have 0 tolerance. it has been demonstrated through out the presidency. >> the real scandal of washington is quickly becoming the most unprotect tive congress of the history of the united states. >> an international manhunt who leaked classified information about nsa surveillance programs. in washington another hunt. these are straight answers from the obama administration. >> they are afraid of what the government is doing. it's under the guise of people keeping us safe. >> don't trust federal judges. to make sure we are aguiding by the constitution due process and rule of law. we are going to have some problems here. >> this program does not target innocent americans in any way, shape or form. these programs help keep america safe. >> they have no authority under the constitution or anything else to collect data on every american phone call. >> which are trying to stop bad people to from doing bad things. these programs are effective in that regard. you can see how they can be abus abused.
FOX News
Jun 20, 2013 1:00am PDT
are at the dawn of the second term of the obama administration. and he we are starting to get a very clear and troubling picture of the state department under the first term of the obama administration and under the stewardship of hillary clinton. some of these allegations and evidence go directly to her door steps. some of it doesn't. we are hearing about, for example, state department employees accused of sex crimes, using a drug ring in baghdad, whistle blowers from the auditors at state. the office of inspector general being bullied into silence by personal visits to their house and that sorts of thing. testimony by senior officials at the diplomatic security part of state department. that's a federal law enforcement agency that supposedly was false and appeared to be false and evasive at best. as i say, some aides to director loyalists of hillary clinton have been alleged to have interfered in some of these cases and blocked. >> bill: so the evidence is mounting one of the whistleblowers who say that she is being hectored by the federal government. her lawyer appeared with megyn kelly
CNN
Jun 18, 2013 7:00pm PDT
with the obama administration to try to lift the veil a little bit, demystify these programs and explain what they do. in that sense, for the first time we heard publicly the idea of what goes into these programs, what they can and can't do. on the other hand, lawmakers were clear going in they thought the best way to calm concerns of constit constituents was to talk about terror plots that were stopped. but so much of it had to remain classified. even the ones they did put forward, they couldn't put a lot of meat on the bone because they say even that would have hurt intelligence methods. >> of course, this would not have happened if not were the leaks of edward snowden. let's listen to this exchange. >> how damaging is this to the national security of the american people that this trust was violated? >> i think it wasser reversible and significant damage to this nation. >> has this helped america's enemies? >> i believe it has, and i believe it will hurt us and our allies. >> a lot of talk about edward snowden. anything more specific about just how he did this, and where he might be? >> not
FOX News
Jun 19, 2013 7:00pm PDT
into the pattern of the obama administration of abusing government power and misleading the american people about it. >> the irs investigation should not be handled by eric holder. you don't let the fox guard the henhouse. >> and congressman trey gogr ene gowdey calling the idea ridiculous. >> i don't like the idea of bonuses for judges and attorneys. i don't like irs employees being eligible for anything other than remedial training. >> we go from the sadness of a major actor dying to the most incredible outrage. how in the world does anyone at the irs -- i realize not everybody is involved in the line dancing or the $20,000 in squirt toys or the $50 million in two years' worth of parties. we didn't audit the other years or the targeting of conservative groups, but, still, $70 million in bonuses, how does this happen? >> it happens when you have collective bargaining agreements, and nobody on the table in behalf of the taxpayer, the irs negotiating with employees, and i'm not justifying it. this is how it happened. >> if you kin of mind numbingly stupid, you are not in favor in any way. >> i'm c
CNN
Jun 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
and unprecedented, to join forces with the obama administration to lift the vail, demystify them and explain what they do. for the first time we heard publicly the idea of what goes into the programs, what they did and can't do. -on the other hand, lawmakers are clear going in, john, they thought the best most tangible way to calm concerns of constituents is talk about the plots stopped and they weren't able to do that as much as they could because so much of it had to remain classified because of protecting sources and methods and the ones they did put forward, even those they couldn't put a lot of meat on the bone because they say that even that would have hurt intelligence methods. >> of course, this never would have happened had it not been for the leaks of edward snowden. he is the reason this happened and the top pick of today. let's listen to the exchange. >> how damage sg this to the national security of the american people this trust was violated? >> i think it was irreversible and significant damage to this nation. >> has this helped america's enemies? >> i believe it has, and i believe
Comedy Central
Jun 17, 2013 9:30am PDT
to effect. >> stephen: you say the obama administration is tenantment to criminalize og investigative journalism. what dow mean by that. >> one of the things that is happening is the obama administration has now prosecuted more whistle-blowers than all previous administrations combined. >> stephen: and that's good or bad. >> nass's bad. >> stephen: you don't think spies, es meanage, right there in the name, you shouldn't be prosecuting spies that is what you are saying. >> i am saying they shouldn't be prosecuting whistle-blowers as spies. >> stephen: who gets to say what is a whistle-blower and what is a spy,. >> well, i guess the president of the united states gets to say. >> stephen: damn straight. >> that's why you need a republican in there. >> well, thank you so much for joining me. alec, we steal secrets, we'll be right back. >> these eat end of the report, everybody. captioning sponsored by comedy central captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org charlie: so he's in the law house, right, and... dennis: oh, please stop talking. dude, dude, just let me finish my st
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 12:00pm PDT
person on the battlefield, obama administration. we have these high-tech ways. >> paul: listen in. >> if you saw the movie, the way they found bin laden's courier they tapped his mother when he called his mother in kuwait. >> paul: you are saying the interrogation has been non-existent diminished? >> absolutely. we have the drone strikes, but as they said last month, he wants to reduce them and program scaled back. >> paul: also to use drones he has no know where the terrorists are. >> interrogation helps a lot. >> paul: what about traditional human intelligence spying, you have a double agent inside al-qaeda. do we do it well? >> this is much harder infiltrating kgb during the cold war. >> paul: because of the intensity of the group? >> exactly, it's decentralized nature. we had a double agent in yemen but he was exposed by the press and had to flee. in on the case we had a man in jordan, we thought he was double agent and he wound up a triple agent and killed several officers. >> paul: several officers and pakistani doctor that help get bin laden now in prison. that doesn't enco
FOX News
Jun 16, 2013 4:00pm PDT
details on the obama administration's plan for syria. >>> and this ship vanished without a trace more than 300 years ago. now it is back, or is it? >> it could be what we think it is, but we don't know for sure until it is 100% positively identified. >> tonight, the search for the fables shipwrecks at the bottom of the great lakes. >>> former vice president dick cheney knows a thing or two about national security. he was crucial in crafting our nation's counter terrorism strategy after september 11, and helped lay ground work for the secret nsa programs that are now generating so much controversy. now he is speaking out about those spy programs and the admitted leaker, edward snowden, in a rare interviews on fox news sunday. vice president cheney calling snowden a traitor and suggesting he could be a foreign spy. more on that in a moment. here is the former vp defending the government surveillance critical to our national security. >> we made a decision based on 9/11 that was no longer had a law enforcement problem and we're at war. congress in fact authorized the president to use military
PBS
Jun 21, 2013 7:00pm PDT
for barack obama's administration referred to the dispute between japan and china at his confirmation hearing. he said he will do everything in his power to ease tensions over highlands in the region. >> we had this discussion directly with the chinese and i think that the chinese similarly are in no doubt that america stands by the allies. >> russell spoke in washington at a senate confirmation hearing and he has been nominated for assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs. he stepped down in january. japanese and chinese leaders are at odds over the senkaku islands. they control the territory and china and taiwan claim it. six countries claim islands in the south china sea. operators of an experimental fast breeder reactor were ordered to not restart operations last month after it was found as many as 10,000 check ups have been missed. the operator said it discovered 2300 more missed inspections. officials at the japan atomic energy energy said the new lly controlled rods. . >> translator: we are sorry to have under mined public trust by failing to check more equipment
NBC
Jun 14, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. tonight, news of progress in the assault. >>> what now? as the obama administration prepares to intervene in syria, richard engel looks at the state of play. >>> hillary's return to the national stage after four years above the fray. the former secretary of state returns to the political arena and the possible 2016 opponent is there as well. >>> and to the rescue. with storm season raging, it's this elite unit's job to save people in danger. and tonight, lester holt finds out what it takes. >>> plus, our friday making a difference report. "nightly news" begins now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in for brian. he'll be back on monday. it has been a fierce firefight over the last four days in colorado as a black forest fire near colorado springs turned deadly, claiming its first victims. hundreds of homes destroyed and nearly 40,000 had to flee from the raging inferno. at this hour, firefighters continue to go house to house, saving what they can. and finally today, their efforts to conta
NBC
Jun 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
. >>> the obama administration is expected to put a washington lawyer in charge of shutting down the u.s. prison at guantanamo bay. cliff sloan, also a top confidante of secretary of state john kerry, will be named a new diplomatic envoy. >>> reports this morning, a former top irs official admitted early involvement in reviewing as many as 30 applications for tax-exempt status. some of those requests went more than a year without action. however, she provided no evidence that senior agency officials ordered agents to target certain groups. >>> and the chinese dissident who fled to the american embassy in beijing last year and provoked a diplomatic crisis now says new york university is kicking him out. ching gaung chen says he's being forced out over concerns his activism is harming the university's relationship with china. >>> jay-z is teaming up with samsung in a deal that will give away 1 million copies of his 12th and latest album "magna carta holy grail." he announced the freebie during a three-minute commercial that aired during left night's game five nba finals. but the promo is good only
FOX
Jun 17, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: the new leak with puts the obama administration further on theon defensive with its own allies. >> this isn't leading from behind, because we're not leading. this is being reactive. we're getting criticized we'recr going to do something. the notion that we're leadin les laughable. >> reporter: so far serious allegations leveled by edward ed snowden are no laughing matter for the white house.fowh it could face in the coming days. made as soon as tomorrow we could be getting more about the dozen terror attacks that the nsa says were prevented throughd the monitoring program. nsa director keith a an der is s set to testify tomorrow. >>> the man leaking about the u.s. surveillance programprogram answered questions online todayi about the scandal. he defended himself in the live web chat. the truth would come out whethet he was jailed or killed. killed. the session sponsored by the guardian newspaper.guardian during the chat, snowden saidd that president obama said he would end such national security abuse, but instead failed to to fulfill his promises.omises. snowden has been in
CNN
Jun 21, 2013 1:00pm PDT
agency. the obama administration had no comment today as law enforcement officials continue their feverish manhunt to locate edward snowden. the business partner of wikileaks says he has plans to fly him to iceland if iceland grants him asylum. >> we just want to make sure that if we start to transport the guy, that he will not -- he will be safe when he lands, you know. he will not be extradited to u.s. >> the bigger issue is this massive surveillance program. a recent poll finds that 53% of americans disapprove of the nsa surveillance programs and 5 % disapprove of the government collecting phone calls of ordinary americans. it's one of the reasons the obama administration is suddenly out there trying to defend the program. president obama attempted to do so earlier this week by heralding a special panel designed to protect your rights. >> i've stood up a privacy and civil liberties oversight board made up of independent citizens including some fierce civil libertarians, i'll be meeting with them. what i want to do is set up and structure a national conversation. >> a priv
CSPAN
Jun 22, 2013 4:00pm EDT
them. so it is unfortunate, i think, that the obama administration has not been capturing people and when you bring up the case of the man who is captured, his father's been on u.s. television. not on mainstream television. but on some very fantastic tv led democracy now that amy goodman hosts. and you heard him say that his son could easily have been captured. there were never any charges against him. he was just considered a killer. even more tragic is the fact that senior old american and his son was killed in a separate drone strike with a bunch of teenagers from yemen. all we did is say that there is a bunch of militants there was a 21-year-old militant so i think it is important to look at u.s. citizens we do not have something which most of us thought that we did have. and this includes the right to a trial. but to have eric holder, and the attorney general to tell a group of northwestern students here in illinois that should've been something that just kind of woke up the entire legal community. and the rest of us who would would really like to make sure that we do have t
FOX Business
Jun 17, 2013 7:00pm EDT
cut the productioo off. secretary gates did under the obama administration appears fundamentally we have 100 f-22 is that are capable of operating in this regime. and over this time friend we have continued to draw down the number of squadrons that we have that put them in the boneyard. sequestration and through other budget cuts. so you are spot on. we have over the last 22 years, we are not the same air force that we were 22 years ago. lou: and every are deploying f-16s to jordan. i'm not entirely sure what will be the result of that. and we are looking at a continued incremental steps toward ratcheting up at least the potential for congress. we will be the outcome if we do is engage in russia and are we prepared for such a conflict? is this commander in chief prepare for such a conflict? >> i don't have an answer. what i know, what i can see, there is no strategic plan. three conditions are success to be number one, to partner with the right people. we want to see them in washington. we need to tell the other arab states to stop funding the dis. three, we better be prepared for c
NBC
Jun 18, 2013 11:00am PDT
for the obama administration. going into the summit, they had two goals, to try to build support and get some momentum for a big regional trade pact where negotiations will begin between the united states and other countries. these negotiations will be a lot tougher and a longer slog than what the obama administration hopes. on syria, the big disappointment for the obama administration is that there's going to be nothing out of the g-8 that's tangible, that's new. no united statement about trying to get assad out. maybe they never thought that the russians would publicly get there today or get there during this summit after what was a tense but cord nal one-on-one between obama and putin. right after that meeting, the russian government reiterated its stance that while they are for a political negotiation in geneva some time in july or august there should be no preconditions. translation, they don't want to see assad go. somewhat of a disappointing g-8 summit for the president. now it's off to germany where the big event publicly is going to be the president marking the 50th anniversary of jf
FOX News
Jun 17, 2013 8:00am PDT
dmitry medvedev. he was at those summits as well. as you recall at that time, the obama administration was trying to reset relations with russia, jon. jon: we have the g8 now be, what's the mood among the delegates there as this information is breaking? >> reporter: well, the suspicion is, jon, at least some of the officials there might be a little more circumspect with their communications at this summit. current u.k. prime minister david cameron, in fact, was asked today if there's any kind of surveillance going on like this right now at the summit. he said he never comments on security and intelligence matters. now, some of the delegations that were specifically targeted back in 2009 including key u.s. ally turkey is actually asking questions as is russia. some officials there quite upset about these revelations. but, you know, it is widely suspected that there is a fair amount of surveillance at these summits, and it's widely known that both u.s. and russia even in the post-cold war era are listening to each other. but it's rare that you get this kind of detail. in a couple of hour
FOX News
Jun 14, 2013 6:00pm PDT
happens here. he stonewalled in the case, obama stonewalled and the administration stonewalled. blamed it on rogue employees, cincinnati here and rogue atf employees there. blamed the gop for a witch hunt. blamed bush, operation wide receiver in fast and furious. blamed a bush appointee in the irs scandal. doj claimed ignorance, the white house claimed no knowledge, even though we have e-mails, proof of conversations with an employee high up in the white house, the obama administration claimed -- obama himself claims shock and outrage and pledges he will hold those responsible accountable and yet he has doning in to hold anybody responsible in either case and blindly approved what holder did, said i trust him at his word, even though we have holder on record as lying in this case. and then whistleblowers in both cases are being punished and those who have done wrong have been rewarded. we don't know for sure in the irs, but we see some elevation in some of these cases so this is a pattern in this administration, i think people out to recognize it. >> katie, what about the pattern? beca
MSNBC
Jun 21, 2013 5:00pm PDT
to doing. what is your reaction in the news? >> well, the obama administration's record. i think it's very surprising to accuse somebody of espionage who has not worked for a foreign government and did not covertly pass information to an adversary to the united states, he went to newspaper and asked newspapers to leak out the information to make sure the only thing being published are things to inform the public but not give away secrets, and that's not espionage. this has been used very, very sparingly throughout american history until the obama administration, and it's punishing and prosecuting, and in that regard i think it's unsurprising. >> one of the complaints is theft of government property. the specific language is unauthorized communication of national defense communication, and willful communication to an unauthorized person and a section of the u.s. code, that last one comes in from the 1917 legislation, and my question is doesn't the government have to do something? somebody who worked for the government and inside the government skips out with 1,000 classified documents. this
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Jun 17, 2013 6:00pm PDT
of the authors of the patriot act, but he says the obama administration's actions are un-american and unlawful. congressman, good to see you many. >> happy to be here, sean. >> i heard you just had a birthday, happy birthday. >> thank you, sean. i may be older, but may be wiser. >> you have always been on principle, which i admire. have you been there fighting the good fight every day. what do you think about that question about snowden? thoughts? traitor, hero? >> well, he's definitely a criminal for violating his oath and disclosing classified material. if he is giving this material to the chinese or russians, he is a traitor. we don't know that soon. >> part of me, congressman, that is glad that he revealed this. part of me that's concerned, if he went to china or russia, that would concern me. you wrote the patriot act. is what we've heard about the prison program, that what's in the law. >> it clearly not in the law. one of the most difficult things of getting patriot act passed is the business section of the law. called section 215, and in order to get the act passed, it was limited. lim
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